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"Did Australians Shoot Down the Red Baron?"

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University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW Canberra)

Northcott Drive

Campbell, ACT 2612

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It is 21 April 1918 during World War I, at Poulainville Aerodrome, France. You are a medical officer serving with No 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, based in the Somme. At about 5.00pm, the body of a deceased pilot is brought into the hangar for you to conduct an autopsy. You are told is Manfred von Richtofen and he was flying an all-red Fokker Dr1 Triplane when he was shot down…

Prof. Thomas Faunce will revisit the period of aerial combat in WWI and briefly review Australia’s involvement on the Western Front. He will explore the forensic medical evidence surrounding the death of the Red Baron and apply critical thinking skills to determine the role of the Australian soldiers in his final flight.

Prof. Faunce holds a joint position at the ANU Medical School and ANU Law School. His main research and educational roles concern health law and health policy. He has had a life time interest in WWI aviation. In 2004 he gave a lecture at the Australian War Memorial on the last hours of the Red Baron, examining the controversy over who shot him down, from the medical point of view. This talk updates that presentation.

Proudly hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics.

Supported by UNSW Canberra and ANU.

THE LECTURE WILL TAKE PLACE IN LECTURE THEATRE NORTH 06 (LTN 06)

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